Destiny 2’s Iron Banner marks its return during Season of the Splicer.
As with previous seasons, the limited-time Crucible event comes back at full swing with refreshed gear and a new Iron Banner quest to complete.
As you prepare your favourite loadout before returning to the fray during the event’s second week, this page will cover everything there is to know about returning Iron Banner weapons, Iron Banner armor, and the Iron Banner schedule for the rest of the season.
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Destiny 2 Iron Banner Season 14 weapons explained
A huge part of the appeal of Iron Banner, aside the thrill of the competition, always comes down to the exclusive rewards you gain from the event. We’ll touch on the armor in the following section, but we wanted to start with weapons since that’s the major selling point for this first event of the season.
Season 14’s Iron Banner will have a total of four weapons: two of them are brand new, while the others are returning Iron Banner weapons that will immediately sound familiar to experienced players. The first week has passed already, so you only have two more opportunities to grab them.
- Riiswalker (new Shotgun)
- Archon’s Thunder (new Machine Gun)
- Finite Impactor (returning Hand Cannon)
- Occluded Finality (returning Sniper Rifle)
While we have two brand new additions, the Finite Compactor and Occluded Finality should ring a bell if you’ve played Iron Banner previously. Each of these four weapons correspond to a specific category, which means that there is something worth pursuing for everybody (unless you’re into pulse rifles).
During Iron Banner’s first week, Bungie acknowledged an issue where Risswalker and Archon’s Thunder wouldn’t drop outside of the seasonal quest. Luckily, this has been addressed during the event’s second week! You will now have chances of finding these weapons after cashing-in tokens or completing bounties, alongside the seasonal quest of course.
Destiny 2 Iron Banner Season 14 armor explained
As we found out during the event’s launch day, the Iron Banner armor for Season 14 is Iron Truage.
Not only this is a set from before – which is no surprise based on recent Bungie.net blog posts focusing on the weapon set – it’s the same set as the most recent season, Season of the Chosen.
As such, if you played Iron Banner extensively last season, the main thing to work towards is pinnacle gear and the opportunity to grab the new weapons mentioned above.
Destiny 2 Iron Banner Season 14 quest Iron-Handed Diplomacy explained
Iron Banner wouldn’t be complete without a new seasonal quest to follow through. In this occasion, you will have to follow through five sets of objectives, ranging from capturing zones to defeating enemies with specific weapons and abilities.
Bear in mind that this your second opportunity to complete this quest. If you miss this week, you will only have one more chance to start anew or pick up where you left off. We recommend you to begin catching up with each step of the seasonal quest Iron-Handed Diplomacy below (thanks to T_Gamer on Reddit for the following):
- Leverage the Void (Step 1 of 6)
- 10 Void or Arc Ability Kills
- 10 Zones Captured
- 30 Guardians Killed
- Negotiation by Force (Step 2 of 6)
- 20 Hand Cannon Kills
- 20 Zones Captured
- 6 Matches Completed
- Adversarial Relations (Step 3 of 6)
- 100 Guardians Killed
- 30 Zones Captured
- 10 Sniper Rifle Kills
- Hostile Takeovers (Step 4 of 6)
- 10 Shotgun Kills
- 40 Zones Captured
- 15 Melee Kills
- Gunboat Diplomacy (Step 5 of 6)
- 3 Machine Gun Kills
- 15 Super Kills
- 25 Match Points
- Reaping Rewards (Step 6 of 6)
- Lastly, return to Lord Saladin to complete the quest and claim your rewards!
This week’s Iron Banner bounties in Destiny 2
During each week that Iron Banner is active, you can expect an array of bounties to complete throughout the seven-day period.
We recommend to make a quick stop and grab these before jumping to matches so you can make the most out of each encounter. Each bounty costs 1000 Glimmer and rewards XP, 50 Iron Banner tokens and Pinnacle Gear.
The bounties for this week’s Iron Banner (from Tuesday, June 29th to Tuesday, July 6th) are the following:
- Maneuver Warfare: Defeat opponents while your team holds Zone Advantage. Earn bonus progress during the Hunt.
- Victory Banners: Complete matches in the Iron Banner playlist. Wins award bonus progress.
- An Arsenal of Tricks: Defeat opponents with final blows from any ability. Earn bonus progress for Supers and opponents with a higher Power level.
- Iron Confidence: Defeat opponents with final blows from any weapon. Earn bonus progress for Energy weapons, Power weapons, and opponents with higher Power level.
Iron Banner schedule: When is the next Iron Banner in Destiny 2?
In Season 14, the Iron Banner schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday, May 18th
- Tuesday, June 8th
- Tuesday, June 29th
While this was supposed to be the last week of Iron Banner, giving you a final opportunity to complete the Iron-Handed Diplomacy quest if that was on your backlog, or hunt for Pinnacle gear, Bungie has other plans.
In a blog post, the developer announced that this week “won’t be your last chance to take care of any unfinished business with Lord Saladin,” and that there will be “one final Iron Banner later in the Season,” although the exact date remains unknown for the time being.
Season of the Splicer has arrived!
Each week offers a new step in the Path of the Splicer quest and a new Expunge mission to complete.
Elsewhere, we’ve seen new Nightfall weapons such as the Uzume RR4, Plug One.1 and Hung Jury SR4.
Elsewhere, we’ve seen the return of Vault of Glass, which offers both the Vex Mythoclast and Fatebringer, as well as new chest locations and Glass Shards to find.
Other recent new features include transmog and materials Synthstrand, Synthcord and Synthweave, the Splicer Gauntlet and Decrypted Data used to upgrade it.
Destiny 2 Iron Banner explained: How Iron Banner works
If this is your first time diving into Iron Banner or you’re returning after a long time, there is plenty to get excited about.
This 12 player PvP event is an exclusive time-event for Crucible, and the biggest difference comes from how gear works. In regular Crucible matches there are no level advantages, but this is disabled in Iron Banner, meaning that players with higher Power gear will make use of that higher edge. Skill is as important as ever, of course, so gear won’t be everything.
As in classic Destiny 2 fashion, a unique mode means an exclusive currency to go along, which is also the case here. Iron Banner tokens are rewarded for playing matches, and can then be exchanged to level up Lord Saladin’s rank, obtaining rewards with each of them. You will have time until the end of the season to complete bounties and get new gear.
All in all, aside from the novelty of how Iron Banner differs from your regular Crucible, you can obtain exclusive weapons and armor as rewards. In addition, you can expect pinnacle drops when completing bounties. If you’re interested in PvP in any capacity, you shouldn’t miss trying out Iron Banner. Just make sure to prepare for the challenge!